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BHO Forced To Balance Governing, Campaigning

From an irony proof Reuters:

Hurricane forces Obama to balance governing, campaigning

By Matt Spetalnick | Sun October 28, 2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Sunday faced the delicate task of balancing his administration’s biggest storm response with his tough campaign for re-election as Hurricane Sandy bore down on the U.S. East Coast little more than a week before Election Day.

We suppose this is news. Since Obama has never been forced to do anything but campaign and fundraise up until now.

In fact, we have never noticed him having any trouble balancing his responsibilities as Commander In Chief with campaigning. (Cf. Benghazi.) Or doing any of the other things expected of a President, such as growing the economy.

Campaigning and fundraising have always taken precedence.

Trying to show he had learned the lessons of White House predecessor George W. Bush’s botched handling of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Obama sought to project the image of a president fully engaged in marshaling resources to deal with a looming natural disaster.

It’s all about optics for him.

Visiting the federal storm-response center in Washington, Obama … vowed the government would "respond big and respond fast" after it strikes.

Just like he did when the terrorists struck in Benghazi.

And, come to think of it, just like he did when the drought and wildfires struck Texas and across many red states over the summer. Just like he did when massive flooding struck Tennessee.

But even as he pledged to stay on top of the storm threat, Obama… was sticking to [campaign] plans to fly to Florida on Sunday night

In other words, it was a typical pledge from Obama. Meaningless. And, in fact, Obama traveled to Florida on Sunday, and stayed over for another event in Orlando on Monday. So much for monitoring Sandy. But, apparently, the Obama campaign has been shamed into cancelling the Orlando event.

Jay Carney has announced: "Due to deteriorating weather conditions in the Washington, DC area, the President will not attend today’s campaign event in Orlando, Florida. The President will return to the White House to monitor the preparations for and early response to Hurricane Sandy."

Probably there weren’t going to be enough celebrities or fat cats at the Orlando event to make it worth Obama’s while, anyway.

Obama, who also held a conference call with governors and mayors from states in the storm’s path, sought to allay such concerns on Sunday…

"My message to the governors, as well as to the mayors, is anything they need, we will be there, and we will cut through red tape. We are not going to get bogged down with a lot of rules," he said…

So he is not going to wait for permission from the governors before he goes into their states to save American lives.

Still, is he sure he has enough intelligence about the hurricane for him to make such a gutsy call?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, October 29th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “BHO Forced To Balance Governing, Campaigning”

  1. GetBackJack

    Poor Obama

    All work and no golf

    Or, bathhouses

  2. Jeb Bush recently called Obama “a 10 year old”. That’s an insult to 10 year olds everywhere. This guy is the biggest whiner to ever hold office in America. I would rate his maturity closer to a 2 year old. When he doesn’t like something, he just says NO, or I didn’t do it, or I don’t wanna. Of course this gives him more credit than he deserves as far as understanding his environment. Reality hasn’t set in on this guy EVER. He has been so shielded from real life, I don’t think he even has the social skills I would attribute to a 2 year old. Someone needs to slap this guy and tell him NO! And maybe even put him in a time out until he can be good.

  3. mr_bill

    I haven’t heard the libtards blame the hurricaine on Dick Cheney’s weather machine, yet. I’m waiting for Special Ed Schultz to declare the storm to be a Republican attempt to suppress liberal votes in New England. I suppose there will be a lot of [democrat] ballots “found” in the wake of the storm.

  4. P. Aaron

    Uh, Benghazi?

  5. Anonymoose

    So will hurricane Sandy become Obama’s Katrina? A slim chance, most of the people involved are Obama supporters or in heavily Obama leaning states, and their minds might finally get opened if “O” decides hitting the campaign stump is more important than dealing with a disaster. No one remembers the 2008 midwest flooding that was actually more costly, but Katrina still pops up in the news, so I’m curious what the “spin” will be on this.


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